Chappellet Vineyard & Winery has announced that it has acquired fellow California winemaker Sonoma-Loeb for an undisclosed fee.

Sonoma-Loeb produces up to 9,000 cases of wine annually, including Sonoma County and Carneros Chardonnays and a Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Family-owned Chappellet did not disclose financial details of the deal.

John Loeb, a former US ambassador to Denmark and current delegate to the United Nations, founded Sonoma-Loeb in 1973.

He approached Chappellet about a potential sale. "After a long and satisfying run in the wine industry, I am delighted that Chappellet has decided to buy the company, and along with our great winemaker, Phillip Corallo-Titus, carry on the Sonoma-Loeb tradition we have built together," he said today (28 April).

The deal will expand Chappellet's style. "Chappellet is a Napa Valley winery with a focus on Bordeaux varietals. Sonoma-Loeb makes Burgundian varietals from Sonoma County," said Chappellet owner and MD Cyril Chappellet.